LONDON – Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips clinched a dramatic silver medal at London 2012 on Tuesday, while being cheered on by jubilant members of the royal family.
Phillips was part of the Great Britain team that finished behind Germany in the three-day eventing equestrian competition, with Prince William and Harry; William’s wife, Kate; her mother, Princess Anne; and the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, all looking on from the stands at Greenwich Park.
Having suffered the disappointment of missing out on both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games when her horse was injured, Phillips could not conceal her delight at experiencing the crowning moment of her career and paid tribute to the familiar faces in the crowd.
[ Photos: British royals at the Olympics ]"It was wonderful to have such great support from the people close to me," Phillips said. "It was nerve-wracking but it is fantastic to win a medal. Everyone deserves it."
Despite being allowed certain privileges as a member of the royal family, Phillips has insisted on living like any other Olympian during the Games.
The 31-year-old has shunned usual bodyguard protection and the luxury home she shares with her husband, England rugby captain Mike Tindall, to stay in the Olympic Village, while rising early each day for workouts with her horse, High Kingdom.